As a native of Winthrop, Massachusetts,
and growing up in a professional boating family, Captain Steve
Winkler Jr. can't remember a time that he wasn't on the water.
By age nine, Steve Winkler had already spent
years gaining experience with his dad
aboard a variety of sail and power vessels when he took the
helm of "Wanderer" the first boat of his own. Every
day that summer was spent at the Cottage Park Yacht Club,
junior sailing program in Winthrop, racing and sailing his
new N-10 class boat. Other boats, power and sail, followed
through the years along with occasional part time after school
work in the family owned boat yard and marine store. All of
it furthering his knowledge of recreational boating.
four year stint in the U.S. Navy as a damage control Petty
Officer and firefighting team leader furthered his knowledge.
While assigned to the USS John F. Kennedy, Steve was routinely
assigned to the damage control center located at the heart
of the ship. At DC Central he was a watch officer responsible
for all the firefighting and security watchstanders as well
as every firefighting and damage control system on the ship.
As a damage control team leader Petty Officer Winkler routinely
led other sailors into the bowels of the ship looking for
problems both in training exercises and for real. He was
trained in the use of sophisticated firefighting and damage
control equipment such as thermal imaging systems, Oxygen
cutting slice packs, dewatering and fire pumps as well as
damage control, shoring and firefighting techniques.
Watch Capt. Steve Winkler Jr., complete an
early morning Fuel Drop (Below)
Captain Steve Winkler Jr. currentlyholds a US Coast Guard
license as a US Merchant Marine Officer; Master of steam
or motor vessels of not more than -200- gross tons; also,
Mate of near coastal steam or motor vessels of not more
than -500- gross tons; also, authorized to engage in commercial
assistance towing. He is a PADI certified SCUBA diver, a
mechanic and salvor. He has been towing for eight years
at both Sea Tow Ft. Lauderdale in Florida and Sea Tow Boston,
along with a tour as the Mate on a tug towing up and down
the East coast and Gulf coast.
Captain Steve Winkler Jr. is today a full
time assistance towing captain and salvor with Sea Tow Services
Boston. He routinely uses his skills and background to assist
Sea Tow members and other disabled boaters in his area of
responsibility. As a vessel captain, damage control expert,
firefighter and salvage diver, he has participated in multiple
salvage operations ranging from small grounded vessels to
large yacht recoveries. His unique qualifications and very
strong damage control abilities make him an asset to all Sea
Tow members as well as the Sea Tow Boston team.